October 2016 Culture & Conquest: Prague to Budapest with the Rev. Can. Arnold Klukas
The Danube has been as much a cultural conduit as it has been a trade route. Prague was the seat of the
Holy Roman Emperor throughout the Middle Ages, and Vienna became the capital of the Austro-Hungarian
Empire that dominated European politics and culture from the Reformation until World War I. Along the banks
of the Danube are still to be found some of the greatest achievements of European art and science. Our
focus will be on the cultural diversity [and often conflict] of the region, and on the period of the region’s
greatest flourishing in the 15th to 18th centuries; from soaring late Gothic spires of Prague’s Cathedral to the
ecstatic interiors of Baroque churches such as Melk. Every village along the Danube has its own unique folk
history and its own artistic treasures. Those who include the Berlin to Dresden pre-tour will visit sites related
to the Lutheran Reformation, such as Wittenberg, where Luther posted his 95 Theses in 1517, and the newly
rebuilt Frauenkirche in Dresden.
Highlights of the cruise include Regensburg, Vilshofen, Passau, Linz, Weissenkirchen, Vienna, Bratislava, and
Budapest. We’ll discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites, famous monastic sites, and cities that are thousands of
years old. We’ll enjoy outstanding concerts, fine dining, and well as award-winning accommodations aboard
the AmaWaterways’ brand-new ship the AmaStella.
Please join me next fall for ‘Culture & Conquest,’ and do call Connoisseurs Tours right away if you are interested
in receiving more information or would like to register for this tour.
The Reverend Canon Arnold Klukas